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Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com Release the Third Annual Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates

Atlanta Claims the #1 Spot as the Best City for New Grads to Live This Year

CHICAGO, May 5, 2010 - This spring, college graduates around the country will collect their diplomas and officially enter a new chapter of their lives. Ready to conquer the real world, they are now faced with some life-changing decisions of where to settle down and find a job. To help ease this often overwhelming transition, Apartments.com and CareerRookie.com - CareerBuilder’s college job search site - have revealed its third annual "Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates" list.


"Many new grads are feeling the pressure of deciding where to live after college," said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager, Apartments.com. "Finding an affordable apartment and a good job may determine where to live, but it’s also important to look at cities offering the culture and lifestyle these young adults enjoy. With so many factors to consider, we want to provide new grads with a reliable resource to help them make informed decisions about these important next steps."

The third annual Apartments.com and >CareerRookie.com "Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates" list helps to paint a realistic landscape of the job market and cost of living in the most popular cities for young adults. Armed with this knowledge from two leading online resources for apartments and jobs, soon-to-be-graduates will be poised to begin their new lives with confidence.

Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates, including the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:

    1. Atlanta $723
    2. Phoenix $669
    3. Denver $779
    4. Dallas $740
    5. Boston $1,275
    6. Philadelphia $938
    7. New York $1,366
    8. Cincinnati $613
    9. Baltimore $1,041
    10.Los Angeles $1,319

The "Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates"list was based on the ranking of top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 to 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau (2006), inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience from CareerRookie.com (March, 2010) and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment from Apartments.com (2010).

About CareerRookie.com
CareerRookie.com is a division of CareerBuilder® - the global leader in human capital solutions - whose online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the U.S. with 23 million unique visitors. CareerRookie.com connects students and recent graduates seeking internships, part-time jobs and entry-level positions with the nation's top employers. Users can also post resumes, get the latest news on companies and industries, sign up for automatic job alerts, view local career fairs and tap into advice on everything from writing resumes to on-the-job success - all from an entry-level point of view. For more information, visit www.CareerRookie.com

About Apartments.com
Apartments.com (http://www.apartments.com) is the most visited national apartment Internet listing subscription service with more than 50,000 unique addresses representing more than three million rental units from managed properties, newspaper classifieds and for-rent-by-owner properties. With personalized searches, highly visual ads featuring "Walk Through Video," "Apartments.com Anywhere" mobile solutions, 360-degree virtual tours, professional photography, and comprehensive community listings, Apartments.com makes it possible for renters to access apartment rental inventory from across town or across the country. Leads from highly qualified ready-to-rent prospects are delivered to Apartments.com customers, increasing closure rates and decreasing the average cost of leasing an apartment. The Web site's foundation of solid partnerships with the local newspaper and television station Web sites of more than 1,000 newspaper affiliate and strategic partners across the country include Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate, Univision, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Apartments.com is a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC. Additionally, Apartments.com owns and operates Apartment Home Living (http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com), a leading social media apartment Web site distinguished by a "live for fun" community experience, proprietary lifestyle matching and local living guides to help renters find their perfect place to live.

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